Brain Buster Puzzle Pak
More brain teasers from the Far East.
Preview by Andrew Calvin (Email)
December 18th 2006
The Basics: The Nintendo DS continues its efforts to offer games for all demographics. Not a traditional gamer? Doesn't matter, NDS has something for you. Take for instance, Brain Buster Puzzle Pak (and nope that isn't a typo on the last word). It offers many of Japan's greatest mind-busters all in one handy set.
Of course Sudoku will make an appearance, but there's plenty more too, such as Kakuro (aka Cross Sums), a huge hit in Japan and recent export to the U.S. that has earned the name "king of pencil puzzles" according to publisher Nikoli's website. Other games include Light Up, Nurikabe, and Slitherlink.
Thanks to development by Nikoli, one of the most well-known names when it comes to logic puzzles in Japan and the company that helped to make Sudoku a world-wide hit, quality won't be an issue. There's also unlockables to be earned. Plenty to keep puzzle addicts busy after the Holiday rush.
What we think: If you're into puzzle games, this is a no brainer. If you don't know if you like puzzle games, here's a great place to start. The DS is taking the puzzle/logic craze and running with it. Some of the best sellers of this past year appealed to all audiences and Brain Buster Puzzle Pak is set to do the same.
If there's a puzzle fanatic in your midst, get this game. Heck, if you're trying to justify the purchase of a DS and this is what it takes, then do it. We've experienced first-hand how games such as Brain Age and Big Brain Academy can sell the system to non-gamers, especially with the stylus and overall simplicity of this fine handheld. What more needs to be said? This one seems like it will be a hit across multiple demographics.